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Wight and Criswell scholarships.
Wight scholarships are given to high school seniors with a background in the arts.
Criswell scholarships are given to college students and adults who want to week further training in the arts.
Applications for the Wight scholarship are available through high school counselors and teachers of the arts.
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The Ada Arts and Humanities Council is proud to have an address on the Internet, where we plan to keep our members up-to-date about upcoming events. Our organization has been part of the community since 1976, when it was created to provide cultural opportunities for all ages.

Recognizing the importance of the arts and humanities to our community, the council takes every opportunity to present a wide variety of programs in the performing and visual arts, as well as discussions in the humanities to its members and the community at-large. We are an incorporated, non-profit organization, so we depend upon our members to provide support for the various events offered throughout the year. Our membership year is April 1 to March 31.

We would like to continue offering major events to the community, such as the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra, Oklahoma Festival Ballet, and the Vienna Choir Boys. To that end we have created a Special Endowment Fund which we hope to build and use to regularly bring more expensive, larger events to town. To provide continuity we have set up a rotating schedule of major events as follows: symphony orchestra; dance or ballet; choral ensemble; opera or theater; visual arts; and humanities. These events are quite expensive to bring to town and require grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and, more importantly, your attendance and support.

Your past support has allowed us to offer a variety of special events, from lectures to concerts, either free or at nominal cost, including performances by local artisans and musicians such as A Winter's Night of Artistic Delight , Horns Aplenty, and ArtStroll on Main Street. We also continue to offer the always popular Summer Arts Program and provide scholarship support to a variety of students in the arts and humanities.

Each year the Ada Arts and Humanities Council searches for candidates for the Wight and Criswell Scholarships as well as an Outstanding Adan for the Arts. The winners of these three awards are announced each spring. If you would like information about joining our organization, or would like to apply for either the Wight or Criswell scholarship e-mail us by clicking on the animated envelope below, or write us: Ada Arts and Humanities Council, PO Box 453, Ada OK 74821-0453. While we welcome memberships at anytime of the year, our membership year is April 1 to March 31. If you'd like to see who's won our scholarships and awards in recent years, click here. If we've inadvertently left someone off who should be listed, please e-mail Patti at one of the addresses below and provide the details.

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The Ada Arts & Humanities Council logo was designed by Eleanor Wight, a long-time supporter of the arts in Ada. She is now honored by a scholarship presented in her name each year.


Tres Vidas
A musical theater work highlighting the lives of three famous women from Hispanic history, including a poet, an artist and the sole survivor of a massacre. Mature themes.
7:30 p.m. Thursday
March 9, 2006
Dorothy I. Summers Theatre
Admission is $5 at the door.
Oklahoma Centennial Suite Debut
A special orchestral work celebrating Oklahoma's Centennial. Also featured will be works written by musicians with ties to Oklahoma. Following the concert, the Centennial Suite music will be made available without charge to Oklahoma bandmasters who would like their student bands to perform it as part of their own Centennial celebrations!
7:30 p.m. Saturday
April 22, 2006
Dorothy I. Summers Theater


East Central University Music Department

Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa

Oklahoma Arts Council

Oklahoma Arts Institute

OU School of Music

National Endowment for the Arts

Tulsa Ballet

Oklahoma Foundation for the Humanities

Links to past events:

Ada Sculpture Competition
Former East Central University art professor Gerald Clarke won our fourth and final
sculpture competition. Click here to view the details of past competitions.
The competition was funded by grants from the City of Ada
and the Oklahoma Arts Council.
Lee Shaw, jazz pianist
Jerry Criswell Memorial Scholarship
Go For Baroque
Thursday, October 24, 2002
Pontotoc Technology Center
601 W. 33rd
Gala 2002

Dennis R. Johnson
Art Exhibit, Friday, May 3, 2002
Ada Arts and Heritage Center

Photos of Artrain USA's visit to Ada
Maynard Ferguson
came to Ada with his
Big Bop Nouveau Band
Click here

Stage Door Canteen!
Gala 2001
We held our annual Gala Saturday night, April 21, 2001
at St. Joseph's. Click here to see who was honored!


Turtle Island String Quartet 

Mystical Arts of Tibet 4.jpg (22154 bytes) The Mystical Arts of Tibet

The Dave Ramsay Memorial Jazz Concert
Vienna Choir BoysLetter of Thanks

Ada Summer Arts

Spanish Kaleidoscope
Gala 2000
The Criswell Memorial Scholarship


Officers for 2005

Doug Laramore, president
Rudy Lupinski, vice president
Lynne Trigleth, treasurer
Patti Reese, recording secretary
Toni Sollazzo, corresponding secretary & historian
Rosemarie Benya/Patti Reese
Publications/Web Design

Board members for 2005-2006

Yvonne Bedford
Lona Barrick
Sally Bennett
Nancy Cody
Tori Davison
Starla Hibler
Jane Johnston
Peggy Wallace
DeCarla Wallgren

Brenda Revels,
special consultant


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Last updated February 15, 2006


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